Sorry (really sorry)

Joanna Cotler

Book - 2020

After Cow's bad mood spreads to the whole farm, Dog starts a new chain reaction by showing kindness.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Philomel Books 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8.
Grades 2-3.
ISBN
9781984812476
1984812475
Main Author
Joanna Cotler (author)
Other Authors
Harry Bliss, 1964- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This charming chain-reaction tale, set on a farm, contains two valuable lessons. First, if you're treated badly or unfairly, it may have less to do with you and more to do with what happened to the person (or in this case, the cow, goat, or duck) before you came along. Second, apologizing for what you've done—and really meaning it—can have powerful ripple effects. Renowned illustrator Bliss creates a delightfully detailed, old-fashioned-looking farm, where a cow—in a bad mood because her hooves are muddy—sparks the first in a chain of negative reactions. Cow flicks mud at Duck, who then insults Frog, who mocks Bird's tweets, and so on down the line to Goat deliberately butting into Pig. And then the chain breaks. Pig cries, Dog comforts him, and Pig says sorry—and means it. The chain is reversed, with each animal forgiving the one before it, all the way on back to Cow. A fun and thought-provoking lesson. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

At the farm where author and children's book editor Cotler and artist Bliss's (Good Rosie!) emotionally honest story is set, bad moods aren't just contagious—they're epidemic. Cow, made grumpy by muddy hooves, kicks some muck in Duck's face; to add insult to injury, she says she did because "I felt like it.... And I'm not sorry." Duck, now in an equally foul state, picks on Frog, who lashes out at Bird ("Your tweets stink!"), who turns on Goat. Pressed to apologize, they do, but not one is sincere. When Goat accidentally crashes into Pig and refuses to apologize, Pig breaks down ("SNORT SNORT WAAAHHHHH!!!!"). In steps Dog, who knows just what to do: let Pig cry it out, and remind her that they're friends ("We eat lunch together every day"). Kindness breaks the chain, and apologies and tokens are offered all around before the friends head to the pond for some fun. The animals, rendered expressively by Bliss, learn what kids already know and adults too easily forget: the capacity to say "I'm sorry"—and mean it—is no small thing. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Cow ends up with mud on her hooves, and she is not happy. Her bad mood starts a chain reaction of frustration and anger as all the farm animals act out against one another. When Cow makes Duck angry, Duck in turn is mean to Frog, and so on, mimicking the way that children, and adults, are often unable to express their frustration and anger and perpetuate bad feelings. Eventually, Dog stops the cycle when he offers kind words to a distraught Pig. This sparks a change in attitude, and the animals begin making amends. The small gifts and sweet words that the animals share to apologize, including a worm sandwich for Bird and a box of flies for Frog, are also humorous, making the story lighthearted and thoughtful. Bliss's ink and watercolor images add depth to the animals' "Sorry, not sorry" with perfect expressive facial features. VERDICT Cotler's story is a simple yet valuable one, an excellent example for young readers, and a nice reminder for older readers that kindness goes a long way. This would be a smart choice for any collection.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After Cow's bad mood spreads to the whole farm, Dog starts a new chain reaction by showing kindness.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Featuring illustrations by the nationally syndicated New Yorker cartoonist, a tribute to the power of small acts of kindness follows the story of a cow whose bad mood spreads throughout her entire farm before a gentle-hearted dog turns things around by responding with kindness. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

* "Clever, funny, and true--really."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)* "The animals, rendered expressively by Bliss, learn what kids already know and adults too easily forget: the capacity to say "I'm sorry"--and mean it--is no small thing."--PW (starred review)A sweet and thoughtful picture book about how one act of kindness can change the world, written by publishing legend Joanna Cotler and illustrated by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss.Cow was in a nasty mood. When Duck came along Cow kicked mud in her face."Why'd you do that?" asked Duck."I felt like it," said Cow. "And I'm not sorry."Little did Cow know that her bad mood would spread to the whole farm. But it does when Cow passes her anger along to Duck who takes it out on Frog who is mean to Bird who upsets Goat who bothers Pig. Until good-hearted Dog turns things around by showing kindness to Pig, turning not sorry into sorry (really sorry). But will that be enough to mend all of the hurt feelings on the farm? With a charming text by Joanna Cotler and beautiful artwork by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss, this is a picture book about the power of reactivity and how to diffuse it with love. Being sorry (really sorry) can make a world of difference and make your world different too.Praise for Sorry (Really Sorry):"Funny and touching and had a nice, rhythmic feel to it that I think would work well in storytime." --Jean Little Library